October 9, 2008
I imagine that as Daniel was starting out, saying what is recorder in verse 27, that Nebuchadnezzar would have been infuriated, reaching his hand for his spear, and thinking, “This again?!?! This fool has nothing to offer!” Then from the point that Daniel said “however” as recorded in verse 28, he slowly calmed down. “OK, OK, I’ll let him give it a try.”
Well, at Daniel showed patience in first giving this caveat that he could do nothing.
October 9, 2008
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Nebuchadnezzar had just had a dream and is dead set on finding out out the interpretation. So, he calls upon the Chaldeans to interpret his dream. The Chaldeans were an ethnic group known for their mastery of astrology and magic. And of course these types of divination were the way to interpret dreams. Nebuchadnezzar insists on an interpretation, but even more so he refuses to tell them the dream and insists that they relate it to him. His demand show he is skeptical about any interpretation they might give him.
I wonder why he would he be so skeptical about the Chaldeans’ divination? These guys were supposed to be the best. I can’t help but suspect that God was preparing his heart. In Daniel 4, Nebuchadnezzar related how God had revealed that it is God who reigns. Nebuchadnezzar may have become a believer in God. If this was God’s plan – to save Nebuchadnezzar – then it makes a great deal of sense that He would cause Nebuchadnezzar to have doubts about divination. Not only would God have put doubts about divination in Nebuchadnezzar’s heart, but He also will show His power to Nebuchadnezzar.